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Ashley (readerandwriter) Once again I will be doing the Book of the Day for 2011. If you don't know what this is, I started this a few years back and it has been a hit. Every day I post what the book of the day is from my "Book Lover's edition page-a-day calendar. A great way to discover new books/author and visit familiar books/authors.

I hope everyone has a great holidy season and I look forward to adding more books to your never ending to-read :-)

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Jim | 112 comments Hey Ashley

great job in 2010 and looking forward to more great recommendations from You
have a happy holiday season

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Ashley (readerandwriter) Thank you Jim. You have a great Holiday Season too.

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 1, 2011 and January 2, 2011

New Year's Resolution-

Get a smart start on the new year by getting a grip with Frances Moor Lappe, the upbeat original guru of living green, clean and not mean. In Getting A Grip, the prolific author, philosopher, and activist goes way beyond her diet for a small planet and takes in the big picture of how to live meaningfully and optimistically with the enormous opportunities and responsibilities of the 21st century.

Title-Getting A Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad
Author-Frances Moor Lappe
Published-2007 by Small Planet Press

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 3, 2011

This book has more than 4,600 pictures and 2,100 line drawings. It covers 1,037 buildings, from houses to airports, built since the year 2000 by 653 architects in 89 countries. It has maps and is color coded. If you have an interest in architecture and where it's going, you must have this atlas. Try to persuade your significant other or your rich aunt Alice of how badly you need it. It's worth any amount of begging or cajoling you may need to summon up.

Title- Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture
Author-by the editors of Phaidon Press
Published-2008 by Phaidon Press

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 4, 2011

Life in a Box-

Gabriel is a difficult character. He makes Joseph Cornell sorts of art boxes. When he was young, his father deserted the family. His mother read him Ovid at bedtime. He stole from his neighbors' houses and found other unseemly ways to make money. Now in his 40s, Gabriel is employed writing obituaries for a second-rate newspaper. he is not particulary outgoing or warm, but for some reason you care when he discovers he is ill and decides to run off to join a strange commune in Mexico. Perhaps it's because of Stacey D'Erasmo's extraordinary way with prose-vivid, lyrical, and haunting.

Title-The Sky Below
Author-Stacy D'Erasmo
Published-2009 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 5, 2011

Everyone knew that John Cheever was a master of the short story, but in 1957 he showed what he could do as a novelist and even garnered the National Book Award. The Wapshot Chronicle is the nostalgic tale of a New England family and its tribulations, told with an unerringly light, and sometimes poignant, touch. Cheever followed up with The Wapshot Scandal, which pursues the family's younger generations as they move into suburban ennui and frustration. It is a somewhat darker vision, but it's leavened by the eccentric and tenacious older Cousin Honora and her battle with the IRS. These are unique and memorable achievements in America's midcentury literature.

Title-The Wapshot Chronicle
Author-John Cheever
Published-1957; 2003 by Harper Perennial Classics

Title-The Wapshot Scandal
Published-1964; 2003 by Harper Perennial Classics

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 6, 2011

That Sweet Smell-

Malcolm Gladwell makes sense of yet another aspect of our world in this pleasantly readable account of success and the qualities that lead to it. The question he poses is, Why do the Bill Gateses and Mozarts of the world succeed so brilliantly, while others of the same intelligence and talent end up leading lives of quiet desperation? Using his method of combining the latest academic studies with the most relevant and irresistable stories, Gladwell makes his case that the "outliers" benefit from advantages and opportunities that pass others up. A stimulating read, to say the least.

Title- Outliers: The Story of Success
Author-Malcolm Gladwell
Published-2008 by Little, Brown

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Ashley (readerandwriter) December 7, 2011

Will Heller is a 16-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who has gone off his medications and descended into the underground world of the New York subway system. He comes to believe that he must save the planet from self-destruction brought on by global warming. His mother, Violet, is searching for him with the help of Detective Ali Lateef. Yes, this is a detective story, but so much else besides.

"Lowboy is exceptionally tender and acute...John Wray is a daring young writer." - The New Yorker

Author-John Wray
Published-2009 by Farrar, Straus,and Giroux

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 8, 2011 and January 9, 2011

Of Caliphs and Kings-

New York University professor David Lewis shoes how the Muslims, who forged a world for themselves out of the decay of the Roman and Persian empires, repeatedly challenged the Christians of Europe, pushing at their homelands' border and recieving aggressive resistance in return. The Muslims created Al Andalus, Islamic Spain; Charlemagne created a cohesive Christian Europe; and even today the world lives with the consequences. Lewis is a prodigious scholar, and his book is compelling not only for its story but because of the need of the present to understand the past.

Title- God's Crucible: Islam and The Making of Europe, 570-1215
Author-David Lewis
Published-2008 by W.W. Norton

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 10, 2011

Lives Beneath The Eiffel Tower-

A hugely successful bestseller in Europe, The Elegance of the Hedgehog tells the story of two Parisians, a concierge and an adolescent. The concierge, Renee, is an astute, self-educated woman who pretends to be a country simpleton when she’s around the well-to-do tenants of her building. The youngster, Paloma, is a clever, sophisticated 12-year-old who keeps a journal and vows to commit suicide when she reaches 13. Along comes Kakuro Ozu, who buys an apartment in the building and quickly sees that the concierge and the girl are not what they seem to everyone else. Muriel Barbery has written a tale as smart and witty as her characters.

Title- The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author- Muriel Barbery, translated from the French by Alison Anderson
Published- 2008 by Europa Editions

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 11,2011

New York Times reporter Bruce Weber spent three years among men who are tasked with keeping their eyes open and their integrity above reproach. He went to umpire school. He talked not only to umps but to players, managers, and everyone else who has a stake in America’s most beloved game. The book is full of enjoyable anecdotes, and Weber’s tone is sympathetic and understanding. A very winning account of a tough job.

Title- As They See’em: A Fan’s Travels in the Land of Umpires
Author- Bruce Weber
Published- 2009 by Scribner

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 12, 2011

Knit One, Purl Two, Eat One, Talk Too-

Georgia Walker runs a yarn shop while raising her biracial 12-year-old daughter, Dakota. She and Anita, a widow in her 70s, decide to start a knitting club. Club memebers include Darwin chiu, whose marriage is unraveling, and Lucie, a single-42-year-old who has just become pregnant. Georgia's ex, Dakota's father, shows up wanting to try again-and there are other crises in the making. At first it's all a bit slow, but it's worth persevering, because some dandy plot twists develop and the reader ends up quite involved in these characters' dilemmas and vexations.

Title-The Friday Night Knitting Club
Author-Kate Jacobs
Published-2007 by Putnam

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 13, 2011


Award-winning author of Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring sets his sights on the history of the rifle in America and the history of America in the rifle. They are inextricably linked from the innovations of Eli Whitney and Samuel Colt to Daniel Boone's "Kentucky" rifle. And then there's the bottle of ginger beer that exploded in "Old Reliable" Bodine's hand yet failed to make him miss his shot during a match. The incident resulted in a craze for target shooting and spawned the rifle clubs that went on to form the basis of the NRA.

Title-American Rifle: A Biography
Author-Alexander Rose
Published-2009 by Delta

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 14, 2011

Women's Voices-

Kate Walbert, fully flexing the literary muscle she developed in The Gardens of Kyoto, Our Kind, and Where She Went, unfolds a sensitive multigenerational story of the Townsend women. The common threads that hold this novel together,from World War I England to present-day New York, are Florence Nightingale, women's suffrage, and other feminine rights and desires. Surely Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton are dancing in their graves to see a worthy successor in Walbert, with her nuanced perspecitves and perceptions, strong heroines, marvelous dialogue, and captivating story.

Title- A Short History of Women
Author-Kate Walbert
Published-2009 by Scribner

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 15, 2011 and January 16, 2011

He Had A Dream-

Martin Luther King had a prepared text for the speech he delivered on August 28, 1963, in Washington D.C. But about two thirds of the way through, he laid aside his script and began the extemporaneous remarks that began "I have a dream." These words stirred a nation and went on to become one of the best-known speeches in American history. Eric J. Sundquist, a professor of literature at UCLA, has written a book about the speech, its background,its inspiration, its consequences.

"He gives us drama and emotion, a powerful sense of history combined with illuminating scholarship."-The New York Times

Title-King's Dream: The Legacy of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech
Author-Eric J. Sundquist
Published- 2009 by Yale University Press

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 17, 2009

Fifty years ago today, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave what is probably the best-known farewell address since George Washington's. It is the one that warned against undue influence by the military-industrial complex. So we think it a fitting day to mark the service of our great wartime general and president, and to do that we recommend the outstanding book on the subject by Stephen E. Ambrose. It reacquaints us with a man of tact and forcefulness who led the country through bad times and good. A thoroughly readable and engaging book.

Title-Eisenhower: Soldier and President
Author-Stephen E. Ambrose
Published- 1991 by Simon&Schuster

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 18, 2011

Friedrich Glauser was addicted to morphine and opium for most of his life. He started writing detective novels during his stay in a Swiss insane asylum. Even so, his renown as a crime-fiction writer became such that the German equivalent of the Edgar award is called the Glauser. In The Chinaman the very superior Sergeant Studer of the Bern Police Department must solve two murders, one of which involves a shot through the heart of a man whose clothes are not disturbed by any bullet hole. This is the fourth in the Sergeant Studer series.

Title-The Chinaman
Author-Friedrich Glauser; translated from the German by Mike Mitchell
Published- first German edtion in 1938; 2008 by Bitter Lemon Press

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 19, 2011

The Vegetarian Bible-

It's hard to believe that more than 35 years have passed since a little vegetarian enclave in Ithaca, New York, published its first cookbook. The recipes seem fresher and more exciting than ever: crispy chickpea crepes that can be stuffed with a zillion fillings; spicy Cuban black bean soup; carrot muffins bursting with fiber and flavor; fruit smoothies and zesty tofu taco fillings and so much more. With a helpful glossary of ingredients and techniques.

Title-The Moosewood Restaurant Cooking For Health
Author-Moosewood Collective
Published-2009 by Simon&Schuster

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 20, 2011

Mad Scientists In Love-

In Luminous Fish, renowned scientist Lynn Margulis explores the infinite mysteries of love both between men and women and of scientists for their subjects. Ambition, lust, and ideas fuel these modern love stories, in which poetic lyricism and predatory agression are intertwined and interdependent in the quest for knowledge and pleasure.

Title-Luminous Fish: Tales of Science and Love
Author-Lynn Margulis
Published-2007 by Chelsea Green

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 21, 2011

The late John Updike's oeuvre encompassed practically every literary genre except graphic novels and cookbooks. If his novels are not to your taste, try his essays and autobiographies. The short stories are also gems. There was simply no one better at capturing the quality of light and air as one strolls through one's childhood hometown, the inner storm of love and resentment as one's parents age, or the exquisite pain of erotic memory.

Title-My Father's Tears and Other Stories
Author-John Updike
Published-2009 by Knopf

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 22, 2011 and January 23, 2011

It's long(almost 800 pages); it's thorough(discusses every pitch two pitchers threw in the 2007 season); and it's specific. And it might just be a book that you or your favorite sports fan will love. Righty ike Mussina was struggling that year; southpaw Tom Glavine enjoyed his 300th win. Both pitchers worked with veteran author John Feinstein on this fascinating study.

Title- Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, A Season To Remember
Author-John Feinstein
Published- 2008 by Little, Brown

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 24, 2011

Is It Love?-

Hughie, an out-of-work actor, finds employment in the fine art of flirting. His employers? Husbands who want their wives to feel again the excitement of being wooed. Naturally, Hughie, who turns out to be quite talented in his new line of work, wants to try the technique on the the subject of his own desire, an older-woman whose philosophy is "What's love got to do with it?" But flirting can have serious--and hilarious--consequences, as this delightful comedy of errors proves.

Title-The Flirt
Author-Kathleen Tessaro
Published-2008 by Avon

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 25, 2011

Want your brains shaken up? Try this one-two knockout punch: a history of the Cold War by Tom Reed(a presidential adviser and a nuclear-weapons engineer with the Lawrence Livermore laboratories) and a political history of nuclear weapons from Reed and Danny Stillman, a Los Alamos physicist. This combination will likely blow your mind, and there's enough in these two volumes to keep you thinking for many decades to come.

Title-At The Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War
Author-Tom Reed
Published-2004 by Ballantine

Title-Nuclear Express: A Political History of the Bomb and It's Proliferation
Author-Tom Reed
Published-2009 by Zenith Press

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 26, 2011

A Recipe For Nostalgia-

Take one gentle man twice expatriated(from his native Holland to London, then from London to New York); add the disorientation of 9/11 and marital estrangment; mix thoroughly with West Indian cricketers looking for a permanent spot to play; toss in a few misifits living in the Chelsea Hotel; then garnish with a shady, charismatic man named Chuck Ramkissoon. It's a difficult recipe to pull off, but Joseph O'Neill's third novel succeeds masterfully, quietly exerting the heartbreaking gravitas and beauty of a modern classic.

Author- Joseph O'Neil
Published-2008 by Knopf

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 27, 2011

In her career as a very successful equity analyst and professional investor, Anne-Marie Fink has seen-and saved- thousands of businesses. Here she comes forth as a "myth breaker" to show that eve(or especially)in these topsy-turvy times, business managers must face 11 major bedrock truths in order to succeed. In clear, concise language and with numerous real examples, she explains why managers must avoid common mistakes such as unhealthy diversification, listening to customers who do not share the interests of the company, and overvaluing efficiency and employee satisfaction.

Title-The Moneymakers: How Extraordinary Managers Win In A World Turned Upside Down
Author-Anne-Marie Fink
Published-2009 by Crown Business

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 28, 2011

Winter Beach Read-

From style and society maven Gloria Vanderbilt comes a marvelous soap opera of marriage and betrayal. Priscilla and Talbot Bingham(he combined their names as Talcilla)met as teens. When their marriage and partnership of ten years ends with Talbot's abrupt death, his wife-who by her own admission had trouble being as "passionate" as Talbot was-discovers letters to an unknown woman. Or is the mysterious figure an expression of Priscilla's erotic imagination, freed at last?

Author-Gloria Vanderbilt
Published-2009 by HarperCollins

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 29, 2011 and January 30, 2011

Math Made Fun-

Author, girls' activist, math whiz, and tireless math advocate, adorable Danica McKellar(most recognized from her role as Winnie in The Wonder Years) showed her chops in 2007 with Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking A Nail. With this sequel, she really finds her stride and makes the widely dreaded subject simply irresistible. A wonderful gift for a girl or for the math-challenged person in all of us.

Title- Kiss My Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss
Author-Danica McKellar
Published-2008 by Hudson Street Press

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Ashley (readerandwriter) January 31, 2011

Michael Has Issues-

Is there no end to comedian Michael Ian Black's mad, sly, wise, absurd, stupid, crude, intellectual, bizarre, rational brand of philosophy? None in sight,. Black's comedy sketches from TV shows like Stella, The State, and Michael&Michael Have Issues are fresh and addictive, and he transitions nicely to the written page. As Stephen Colbert said, "Michael Ian Black has proven that even the most simple-minded among us can occasionally create works of genius."

Title-My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face
Author-Michael Ian Black
Pubished-2009 by Simon Spotlight Entertainment

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 1, 2011

Beware of Vicious Plant-

When you think of lily of the valley, do you envision a "white bud! that in meek beauty dost lean"?(George Croly, 1780-1860). Don't be naive! Look up the sweet little lily of the valley in this A-to-Z compendium of poisonous, dangerous, and downright murderous plants, and you'll learn that this lovely, common flower(and roots and leaves)can have fatal neurological and cardiac effects. And you wouldn't want to die of milk sickness from cows that eat snakeroot, like poor Nancy Hanks Lincoln, would you? You'll want to eat up this beautifully illustrated and bound volume, a marvelous gift or fun reference.

Title-Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
Author-Amy Stewart; illustrated by Briony Morrow-Cribbs
Published-2009 by Algonquin

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 2, 2011

This volume is the first of four that will contain the entirety of Jules Feiffer's Village Voice cartoon strip. Feiffer's drawings are spare and simple illustrations of characters who are, psychologically and emotionally, anything but spare and simple. They wrestle with the phobias and passions and angst of their time--from the bomb to psychoanalysis to race and war. The battle, or rather the misunderstanding, of the sexes are incisively laid out and inescapably funny. The strips are certainly of their time, but their humor is timeless.

Title-Explainers:The Complete Village Voice Strips(1956-1966)
Author-Jules Feiffer
Published-2008 by Fantagraphics Books

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 3, 2011

Slave Times-

Many critics regard A Mercy as Toni Morrison's best book since her beautiful and heart-wrenching Beloved. Like Beloved, it looks at slavery and the terrible variety of its consequences. Set in America's beginning years at the end of the 17th century, A Mercy recounts the story of Jacob Vaark, who is struggling to build a farm in the wilderness of ustate New York. He first buys a 14-year-ol American Indian girl, then a 16-year-old wife from England; then he acquires the slave girl Florens as payment of a debt. Their stories sing in prose of extraordinary lyrical power.

Title-A Mercy
Author-Toni Morrison
Published-2009 by Vintage

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 4, 2011

Everlasting Love-

Masterful prose, a hypnotic story set against the backdrop of centuries of European history, and a stunning tale of love and redemption shimmering with supernatural's all here in this debut novel. The tale begins when our unnamed and originally not very likable protagonist--lost soul, coke addict, porn star--is horribly burned after he veers off the road to avoid a spooky vision. It ends with his being completely seduced(as you will be) by his fellow patient, a schizophrenic sculptress-storyteller named Marianne Engel, and her tale of their first love together, 700 long years ago.

Title-The Gargoyle
Author-Andrew Davidson
Published-2009 by Anchor

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 5, 2011 and February 6, 2011

Sunday is the Gipper's 100th birthday! Which makes it a good time to start reexamining his place in American history and especially his contributions to ending the Cold War. Jame Mann has done a lot of work on the topic and has produced a fascinating account of how Ronald Reagan defied his own advisers, in his dealing with Gorbachev. Mann is especially comprehensive on the subject of Reagan's historic "Tear down this wall" speech.

Title- The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War
Author-James Mann
Published-2009 by Viking Adult

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 7, 2011

The School of Knock-Knocks-

The Second City comedy school and club has spawned almost all the comic names you can think of, many of whom were interviewed for this volume. The intense camaraderie of geniuses at work and play is lovingly brought to life by Chicago Sun-Times staff writer and avid fan of comedy Mike Thomas, the author of Laugh: Portraits of the Greatest Comedians and the Stories They Tell Each Other.

Title-The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theatre
Author-Mike Thomas
Published- 2009 by Villard

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 8, 2011

It's a happy day that saw Elizabeth Bishop born 100 years ago!And we are also lucky to have Library of America, which has gathered all her poems together, published and unpublished. And her essays and blurbs, her translations of Greek drama and Brazilian sambas. And her glorious letters , of course. James Merrill described her poems as "more wryly radiant, more touching, more unaffectedly intelligent than any written in our lifetime," and he knew a thing or two about writing.

Title-Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, and Letters
Author-Elizabeth Bishop
Published-2008 by Library of America

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 9, 2011

Courtroom Capers-

William Bernhardt's bestselling D.C. series, featuring intrepid lawyer Ben Kincaid, brings us another addictively readable legal thriller. Ben is up against a sharp distric attourney in his case to defend a professor accused of killing a cop whom he believed responsible for his wife's death. As Kinclaid drills deep to help his client, he taps into the workings of a vast and frightening political conspiracy that takes all of his considerable ingenuity to fight.

Title-Capitol Offense
Author-William Bernhardt
Publihed-2009 by Ballantine

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 10, 2011

Get to know the man behind one of the most famous reference books of all time. Both psyhcological study and literary biography, this the remarkable story of Peter Mark Roget(1779-1869), originator of the thesarus. Though he began exhibiting manias and compulsive behaviors at the age of eight, Roget nevertheless had a successful medical career, published two significant treatises--in addition to the famous thesaurus in 1852--on widely diverse scientific and theological subjects. He married happily(and was also rather handsome, if melancholy).

Title-The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus
Author-Joshua Kendall
Published-2009 by Berkeley Trade

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 11, 2011

Philippa Gregory has proven herself mistress of the Tudor historical novel, and The Other Queen is a prime example of her gift for bringing the intrigue, pageantry, and characters of 16th-century England to life. This time Mary, Queen of Scots, has been placed by Elizabeth I in the custody of the Earl of Shrewsbury,who falls for the Scottish queen's legendary beauty and vivacity. His wife, Bess of Hardwick, an intelligent and ambitious woman, keeps an eye on the situation for both herself and Elizabeth's spymaster, William Cecil. Gregory has delivered yet another irresistible page-turner.

Title-The Other Queen
Author-Philippa Gregory
Published-2008 by Touchstone

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 12, 2011 and February 13, 2011

The Lincoln-

"If you aspire to Ultimate Lincoln Knowledge this is a must-read."-Chicago Tribune

"This profound and masterful portrait wil be read and studied for years to come."- Doris Kearns Goodwin

"Burlingame is a towering figure in Lincoln scholarsip, and students of the 16th president have been waiting for this book for years."-Time

"This book supplants Sandburg and supersedes all other biographies. Future Lincoln books cannot be written without it, and from no other book can a general reader learn so much about Abraham Lincoln."-Publishers Weekly

There you have it. In two volumes, slipcased.

Title-Abraham Lincoln: A Life
Author-Michael Burlingame
Publisher-2008 by Johns Hopkins University Press

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 14, 2011

A Sophisticated Antivalentine-

The most treasured erotic fantasy of strangely likable yet prurient Felix Quinn, London antiquarian bookseller (from a longish line of same), which he insists is shared by all heterosexual men, is to know that his wife is in the arms of another, worthy lover so that he can imagine all the details, every conversation...Felix orchestrates just such a scenario, with charming erudition and manly gusto. But as the games go on, happy Felix may have the story all wrong: Everyone else is, in fact, suffering because of his mania, while Felix plays Othello to his own Iago--and vice versa.

Title-The Act of Love
Author-Howard Jacobson
Published-2009 by Simon&Schuster

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 15, 2011

Savor The Flavor-

Let chef Ana Sortun of Oleana(Cambridge, Massachusetts) introduce you to her new world of flavors--and an exotic world it is. The Norwegian American,who trained in Paris, is 2005's winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef:Northeast. She arranges her recipes according to African-Mediterranean flavor clusters, such as cumin,coriander, and cardomom or curry powder, tumeric, and fenugreek. Guaranteed to awaken your palate and bring new ideas to the table.

Title-Spice:Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean
Author-Ana Sortun
Published-2006 by William Morrow Cookbooks

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 16, 2011

New Punk Thrillers-

Antiheroine Cass(Scary) Neary was a photographer of the punk generation and very much a part of that late-70s scene-drugs, noise, and all. Years later she is sent to Maine to interview an aging and once renowned photographer from that era, Aphrodiite Kamestos. Besides her difficult subject, Cass finds hostile locals, the remnants of a commune, and a mystery of missing teens. This book is definitely onthe edge, with a main character who is unlikable yet compelling.

"A dark and beautiful novel that should not be read by anyone under the age of 30."-The Washington Post

Title-Generation Loss
Author-Elizabeth Hand
Publihed-2007 by Small Beer Press

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 17, 2011

The Road To Freedom-

John Washington was a slave in Virginia, Wallace Turnage in Alabama. Washington escaped and emancipated himself by making his way through Union lines to freedom. Turnage ran from his master, enduring hunger, dogs, and snakes to get to the coast and finally out to the ships of the Union blockade. Once they were free, both men wrote down their incredible stories, which were passed down through the generations of their families. Yale historian David Blight has brough their writings together with other research about their lives before and after their emancipation, and the resulting book is an amazing read.

Title-A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped To Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives Of Emancipation
Author-David W. Blight
Published-2007 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 18, 2011

Exotic Travels-

In this witty moral comedy, Scott Spencer, author of Endless Love, probes the relationship between sex and the heart:A struggling writer, Avery Jankowsky, finds that his girlfriend has been unfaithful. Hoping to give Avery's spirits a lift, his uncle Ezra offers to send him on a sex tour, which includes stops in Iceland, Norway, and Latvia. He accepts the offer and plans to write a bestselling expose of the trip. Spencer has given us another funny and perceptive novel very much of our times.

Author-Scott Spencer
Published-2008 by Ecco

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 19, 2011 and February 20, 2011

Evolution of the Culture War-

Karl Giberson has been there and has earned the credentials that qualify him to address one of America's most divisive issues. He was raised a fundamentialist committed to the tenets of creationism. But while earning his Ph.D. in physics, he came to understand the science behind Dawin's theory of evolution and gradually abandoned the claims of the creationists. He did not stop being a Christian, however, and in Saving Darwin he explains why not, meanwhile giving us a history of the controversy and the "culture war" in which we as a nation are engaged.

Title-Saving Darwin: How To Be A Christian and Believe In Evolution
Author-Karl Giberson
Published-2008 by HarperOne

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 21, 2011

Living Large-

Truly Plaice is a girl with a pituitary gland problem that results in her body's being of "circus-like proportions." On top of losing her parents, she suffers no end of ridicule in her small town. Of course, her little sister, Serena Jane, is delicate, small, and pretty. But Truly's story isa rich, well-plotted, gothic construction that includes murder and quilting, an evil doctor, and a bit of witchcraft. Oprah liked it so much she picked it for her book club.

Title- The Little Giant o Aberdeen County
Author-Tiffany Baker
Published-2009 by Grand Central

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Ashley (readerandwriter) February 22, 2011

Economist, journalist, and author of Terror Incorporated: Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism, Loretta Napoleoni is well qualified to reveal to us how much of the money that passes through our hands comes from a rogue economy, comprised of the activities of mobsters, counterfeiters, terrorists, pirates, illegal sex traders, slavers, and the rest. This dark economy interacts with the legitimate one and affects all of us. An illuminating and disturbing read.

Title-Rogue Economics: Capitalism's New Reality
Author-Loretta Napoleoni
Published-2008 by Seven Stories Press

message 49: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) February 23, 2011

The Black Book, originally published in 1972, is a stunnin compendium of archival documents, photographs, and testaments of the black experience in America, beginning in colonial times. With a new foreward by Toni Morrison(who worked on the original), this gorgeous an important book has been called "the ultimate treasure chest of the Black Experience"(Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. ) and "an important document of American history"(Gay Talese)

Title-The Black Book: 35th Anniversary Edition
Author-Middleton A. Harris, et al.
Published-2009 by Random House

message 50: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) February 24, 2011


James Boice's stunning debut explores the dark, greedy, savage world of basketball player Gilbert Marcus, propelled to MVP status and riding the American Dream like Slim Pickens on the bomb. That is, until the team begins to slip(and so does Marcus) into a nightmare of testosterone-fueled violence. The exploration of our celebrity-mad society and the money and attention thrown at sports figures presents a portrait of the limits of morality in hypnotizing prose and unforgettably graphic imagery. Chuck Klosterman writes, "I've never read any other books that are remotely like this."

Author-James Boice
Published- 2007 by Scribner

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